It may be winter, but road construction season is never too far away in Minnesota. On Wednesday MnDOT shared with CCX News about a major maintenance and preservation project on I–94 that will affect the northwest metro this spring. "Plan your route, said David Aeikens, of MnDOT. "Prepare yourself. Give yourself a lot of extra time and everything will be just fine." Starting March 20 until November, I–94 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction between Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. The price tag for the project is $57 million. "Any opportunity to use something other than a car would be great," Aeikens said. MnDOT will repair 50 bridges, resurface the road and do significant ramp repairs on a 9.2-mile stretch of the interstate. Completion is scheduled for the spring of 2018. The road work will impact many people and businesses in the northwest suburbs, including Maple Grove Transit. "We're not quite sure yet what this will do to our ridership," said Mike Opatz of Maple Grove Transit. "Will we increase ridership or will we lose ridership? We're getting fliers out to our riders. We're doing e–mail blasts, information on our websites." The bus company makes 52 trips to downtown Minneapolis and 52 return trips to Maple Grove each weekday. "For the most part we're going to have to detour," Opatz said. "We'll detour down Highway 169 to 394 going in the morning and then reverse back." But even with detour options, there is no escaping the fact that there will probably be gridlock in the coming months. "In the end there will be impacts," Opatz said. "There will be impacts to people who drive in their cars as well." Maple Grove Transit is hoping to add extra trips to and from downtown Minneapolis while the project is going on. Eric Nelson, reporting http://www.ccxmedia.org Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/ccxmedia http://twitter.com/ccxsports http://twitter.com/ccxnews https://www.facebook.com/ccxmedia.org/ CCX Media is on Comcast cable in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.